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|Birth:||12th April, 1930|
|Profession:||Author, Broadcaster, Philosopher, Poet, Politician|
Bryan Edgar Magee was born in Hoxton, London, England. He is a noted British philosopher, broadcaster, politician, poet and author, best known as a popularizer of philosophy. After demobilisation he won a scholarship to Keble College, Oxford where he studied History as an undergraduate and then Philosophy, Politics and Economics in one year. He spent a year studying philosophy at Yale University on a post-graduate fellowship. He returned to Britain from Yale in 1958 with hopes of becoming a Labour Member of Parliament. He was eventually elected MP for Leyton at the February 1974 general election, but found himself out of tune with the Labour Party's leftward tendencies under Michael Foot. Magee's novel Facing Death, published in 1977, was originally written under the title Love Story, though it is not to be confused with the 1970 film of the same name, nor the book by Erich Segal upon which that film was based. His autobiography, Clouds of Glory: A Hoxton Childhood, won the J. R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography in 2004.
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